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Primary Sources

A primary source is an original work by a participant or witness to any particular event or place in time.  Primary sources allow you to view and analyze photographs, news reports, plays, literature, diaries, letters, legal documents and other material from the time of your event. While secondary sources have already interpreted and analyzed the source, looking at primary documents and objects allows you to think for yourself and form your own opinions.

Primary Sources on the Web

Avalon | Primary Documents

19th Century Documents

Digital Public Library of America

National Archives

The Smithsonian Collections